George Zimmerman cannot be guilty of manslaughter by committing a merely negligent act or if the killing was either justifiable or excusable homicide. Each of us has a duty to act reasonably toward others. If there is a violation of that duty, without any conscious intention to harm, that violation is negligence.Jury instructions from the George Zimmerman trial • Detailing the nature of the alternate, lesser manslaughter option in the George Zimmerman trial, an option the jury ultimately declined, acquitting Zimmerman minutes ago. source
It means there was reasonable doubt. They just could not put the pieces together.Jury consultant and body language expert Susan Constantine, speaking to USA Today of the jury in the Zimmerman trial—which she had studied closely, attending the proceedings multiple times during the trial.
The fundamental danger of an acquittal is not more riots, it is more George Zimmermans.Jay Smooth (via alittlecoconuttart)
That child had every right to be where he was. That child had every right to do what he was doing, walking home. That child had every right to be afraid of a strange man following him, first in his car and then on foot. And did that child not have the right to defend himself from that strange man?Prosecution attorney John Guy, in his closing argument during the Trayvon Martin trial—a trial which ended with George Zimmerman being found not guilty.
BREAKING: Jury acquits George Zimmerman of second-degree murder in shooting of Trayvon Martin -RJJ— The Associated Press (@AP) July 14, 2013
Zimmerman shows no emotion after the verdict. pic.twitter.com/2IYhVXpezJ— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) July 14, 2013
The verdict is in: George Zimmerman has been acquitted of second-degree murder. The 6-member jury agreed unanimously to find Zimmerman not guilty, who showed little visible reaction to the verdict being read aloud.
No matter what their decision, there’ll be no winners in this case. If the defense wins, Mr. Zimmerman will have to still bear the burden of the accusations and will be known for this throughout his life. If the prosecution wins, the family of Trayvon Martin will not get their child back, their brother back. … So therefore, whatever the outcome there should be no gloating and should be no violence.Al Sharpton, reflecting on the end of the George Zimmerman trial.